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The Sweet Skin Science of Manuka Honey

April 13, 2016
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What’s got us buzzing these days? We’re sweet on a natural skin solution that’s been linked to a clearer, healthier, and more youthful-looking complexion. Since ancient times, honey has been prized for for its antibacterial properties. Recently, reverence of this sweet substance has enjoyed resurgence. Manuka Honey, specifically, with its high levels of beneficial enzymes, nutrients, and antioxidant properties, is now said to be one of the most researched honeys in the world.

A longtime staple in kitchens and bathroom cabinets in the southern hemisphere, Manuka Honey is harvested from the nectar of the flower of the indigenous Manuka bush in New Zealand. It’s now begun to take the world by storm.

What sets it apart? Manuka Honey has a high level of antibacterial components. In fact, it’s said its antibacterial power is double that of other honeys. This is due partly to methylglyoxal (MGO), a naturally occurring compound found in Manuka Honey.

Flora’s Manuka Honey is tested and graded into five categories based on the MGO content. The higher the content, the stronger the active constituents of the Manuka Honey.

What kind of magic can Manuka Honey work into your beauty regimen? It’s celebrated by many for its benefits in the following areas:
● Anti-Aging – it is said to help preserve collagen, while helping skin retain moisture.
● Acne-Fighting – The same properties that help heal wounds and treat infections help in the fight against acne. Anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce redness and swelling that occur during a breakout.
● Moisturizing – it is often praised for its skin-quenching qualities, providing essential nourishment to skin.

Consider making a simple at-home DIY face mask (apply about 1 tbsp Manuka Honey to cleansed skin, let sit for approx. 20 minutes, then rinse), or a quick spot treatment (as above, but apply only to areas you’d like to target), to get a taste of this sweet skin solution.

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